CommsWire - 9 May 2019

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ACCC says it opposes TPG-Vodafone merger
A day before it was scheduled to announce its decision on the proposed merger between TPG Telecom and Vodafone Hutchison Australia, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has been forced to announce it is opposed to the merger.

Vodafone, TPG to challenge ACCC merger decision in court
Vodafone Hutchison Australia and TPG Telecom have said they intend to challenge the ACCC's turning down of their merger proposal in the Federal Court.

Telstra mum, Optus guarded in response to ACCC merger move
Australia's biggest telecommunications provider Telstra says it has no comment on the decision by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to oppose the proposed merger of TPG Telecom and Vodafone Hutchison Australia.

Equinix plans major expansion of global data centre operations
Data centre operator Equinix is planning to open 12 new data centres and expand 23 of its existing IBX data centres this year – including opening its fourth in Melbourne and eighth in Sydney - as part of an expected US$1.730 to US1.920 billion capital expenditure program for 2019.

UK leaves door open for backflip on Huawei role in 5G networks
The UK has left the door open for a backflip on its reported decision to give Chinese telecommunications vendor Huawei technologies a limited role in the rollout of 5G networks, with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt saying that London would never take a decision that would compromise its ability to share intelligence with its Five Eyes colleagues.